Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has published an alternative ideal for living in the modern world, entitled the ‘Nu-Troglodyte Manifesto’ and which espouses the benefits of living “offline”.

Writing in the latest edition of Another Man, the outspoken singer invited readers to imagine a life with “no phone reception. No wi-fi. No TV. No radio”. It is his belief that the interference of modern technology prevents people from finding peace.

Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Cocker, performing with Pulp in 2011, has seemingly had enough of modern technology

“Now it's time to come home,” he continues. “Time to come back to the source. Time to escape the constant, endless, meaningless jabbering that distracts you from who you really are and what you really want to do.” The slightly bizarre piece finishes with an invitation to live in a cave: “No outside influences whatsoever. A blank canvas……Sit down. Stare at a rock. Let’s start all over again.”

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A self-confessed casualty of the ludicrous amount of drugs in the British music scene at the end of Britpop, Cocker has made reconnecting with nature and escaping the trappings of modern life a consistent lyrical theme of his music, both with and without his main group Pulp.

Earlier this month, he returned to his spot presenting the ‘Sunday Service’ on BBC Radio 6 Music, having taken a year-long ‘sabbatical’ to concentrate on other musical projects. The equally legendary Iggy Pop had been his temporary replacement on the show.

When he announced his break in December 2013, Cocker also made allusions to natural cycles when he said “crop rotation has long been recognised as a way of preserving the fertility of the soil. Every now and again a field has to be left fallow for a year in order to make sure it has time to recover.”

Aside from a handful of reunion concerts, Pulp have been musically inactive since their 2001 album We Love Life. They have occasionally teased never-before-released tracks, such as ‘After You’ in 2013 that was remixed for inclusion in the hit computer game Grand Theft Auto V.

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